The Power of Music

By Daniel Zamora “When the trumpets sounded…the wall collapsed” Joshua 6:20 “…David would take his harp and play. Then Relief would come to Saul” 1 Samuel 16:23 “Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang… Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a…

Saying Yes

By Nikki Finkelstein-Blair Over the past couple of months our family has been on a roller coaster. As a Navy family, we are relocated every three years; we move to a new city, a new job, a new church, a new life–and for two years we can simply Be There. But at that two-year mark, we…

Shallow

By Glen Schmucker Someone once asked an elderly black minister what he tended to pray about most as his life grew closer to the end.  The old gentleman thought for a moment and then said, “I pray for three things.  I pray that my body won’t outlive my mind.  I pray that I won’t outlive…

Laredo Pilgrimage Report

Dear Woodlanders! I cannot believe it is Tuesday already!! Time flies when you are riding this big wave of God’s mercies and provisions. This is an incredible ride! I’m a story teller, so this may be long. 🙂 but an important journey. When I signed up to lead this team it was truly a calling. I have…

Re-Think

By: Bob Flynn John the Baptizer and Jesus were about the same age. John was a bit older and began preaching first. “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Repent is an interesting word. In biology it means to creep or crawl. In religion it means to be contrite, to confess your sins…

Floods

By: Garrett Vickrey What could be worse than the smell of wet carpet? Wet carpet that still hasn’t dried three days later. San Antonio was blessed (or blasted) by rain a few weeks ago. Around the church we had about ten inches of rain. David, Mylene, and Mike Elliot came up to the church Saturday…

A Present Help in Trouble

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” ~Psalm 46 The explosions this week at the Boston Marathon…

Anointing the Body

I was recently at a funeral for the elderly relative of a dear friend. It was a beautiful service – Scripture readings and songs from the woman’s great-grandchildren, glorious choral and congregational music, and moving eulogies by both her daughters. Lois Jeane had been a lifelong Christian who brought her husband to faith and raised…

Hero Seeds

Several weeks ago we planted some tomato plants in our backyard. We’ve been told that squirrels and birds love to hijack the fruit.  So, Nancy also planted two bird feeders among the tomato plants.  So far, the feeders and our Golden Retrievers have kept the squirrels and birds away from the tomatoes. One squirrel has…